You can never be too secure with your office network and equipment. Professional hackers use sophisticated methods to invade company networks and steal sensitive data regularly. They will exploit any weakness in your network, so it is important to address every part.
Multi-Function Devices Can Be Overlooked By IT Staff
Only 30% of IT professionals recognize printers as a high-security risk. A Multi-Function Device (MFD) is a machine that can print, copy and scan. These devices have faster print speeds and allow additional functionality such as scan to email.
Secure print and follow-me printing are two of the key features of the new devices. Ensuring security on your MFD should be part of any optimized IT security practice. Doing so protects information that keeps private information private.
Change the Default Password
The admin control panel is accessible through the operator panel of the device or as a webpage accessible by a computer with a browser. It is the portal through which setup and changes to the device’s network, features, and functions are made.
Every printer and MFD is given the same password built by the manufacturer, this password should be changed, and a unique password should be entrusted to the authorized administrator. This will protect the device from unauthorized changes that can heighten security threats.
Use Data Encryption
Make sure your data is encrypted and stored in the data center where it can be centrally protected against unauthorized access. The data is encrypted on the terminal server or on a print server, sent to the printer, and then decrypted in the printer.
Enabling encryption features prevents data streams between the device and other computers or devices from being intercepted, stolen, or altered.
Make sure AES-256 encryption is used. The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a symmetric block cipher chosen by the U.S. government to protect classified information. AES is implemented in software and hardware throughout the world to encrypt sensitive data. It is essential for government computer security, cybersecurity, and electronic data protection.
Enable HDD Overwrite and Erasure Features
There is often some confusion on what exactly is removed from your hard drive when you delete data. In general, you can either overwrite or delete information stored on a hard drive, and each does something slightly different.
Overwriting a hard drive, for example when a file or directory is updated, overwrites data and cannot be retrieved.
Deleting data, on the other hand, is not so comprehensive. Deleting old files or format partitions to get back more space is not total, and the impression left could still be retrieved using specific tools.
Making sure a secure erasure is performed on your hard drives wipes clean all of the data. It is a permanent solution that provides the maximum level of security for sensitive data that must be erased. This can be particularly important when the device is reassigned to a new location or returned at the end of a lease.
Use Device Access Controls
Use the admin control panel to manage who has access to the device and what functions they may use on the device. An administrator can easily apply authorization policies that fit within IT network security plans. This helps minimize threats from malicious actors or unintended security breaches.
Buy from An Authorized Dealer Who Knows How To Properly Secure Your Data
Purchasing a copier or printer for your office or business requires thought and consideration. There are many elements involved in the decision-making process, from budget to what features are needed.
One element should be at the top of your list… who are you going to purchase the product from?
With a large purchase like this, it is important to consider the quality of the vendor you are buying from. Protecting that investment after installation calls for working with a qualified dealership that has a credible track record in supporting the copier after your purchase.
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